Ravens free-agent rankings: No. 10

February, 24, 2014
Feb 24
Let's continue the ranking of the Baltimore Ravens' 13 unrestricted free agents:


Position: Nose tackle

The good: Unlike linebacker Sergio Kindle, who was taken 14 spots before Cody in the 2010 draft, Cody wasn't a complete bust. He started every game in 2011 and finished with 21 starts in four seasons. His biggest contribution was flattening the Kansas City Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, forcing a fumble and knocking the speedy running back out of a 2010 AFC wild-card game.

The bad: His four seasons with the Ravens were disappointing. When they selected Cody in the second round, the Ravens envisioned him as the long-term replacement for Kelly Gregg. Instead, in 2012, Cody lost his starting job to Ma'ake Kemoeatu, who had been out of football for a year. Last season, he missed four games with a knee injury. His final regular-season stats: 87 tackles, no sacks, two passes defensed, no forced fumbles and no fumble recoveries.

The bottom line: The Ravens will only bring him back if they feel they need experienced depth on the interior of the defensive line. Brandon Williams, a third-round pick in 2013, should see an increase in playing time at nose tackle in his second season. For that reason, the odds are against Cody returning.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter



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